The New Jersey Nets have won two of their last three, including an 89-82 victory over the Atlanta Hawks Sunday in Newark. They are hoping to continue their winning ways on the road as they have a short slate of games before taking the Christmas weekend off in favor of the boys playing on national TV.
First up for Avery Johnson and his team will be the Grizzlies on Tuesday night in Memphis. The Grizzlies are 12-16 on the season and have been alternating streaks the last three weeks. They opened December with four-game losing streak only to follow that with an equally long winning streak. This weekend Memphis was back to its losing ways, dropping a back-to-back to the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs.
Memphis is led by Rudy Gay and his 21 points per game while veteran journeyman Zach Randolph is contributing 18 points to go along with his team-high 12.4 rebounds.
Once they are done with the Grizzlies, the Nets will immediately head due south to take on Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets Wednesday night. Paul is the star, but it's David West leading the team in scoring with 19.3 points per game while the electric point guard is right behind him with 16.3 in addition to his team-high 9.9 assists.
The Hornets started the year 11-1, but have struggled ever since. Four times they have lost at least two games in a row, while only winning back-to-back games once: last week against the Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz.
After their game in New Orleans, New Jersey will hop on a plane back to Newark where they will find an amazing four days off before they are next in action, Monday, Dec. 27 against the Orlando Magic at the Prudential Center.
As has been the case all season, the Nets are led by Brook Lopez and Devin Harris with 19.1 and 16.9 points, respectively.
Here is a look at the rest of the Nets stats.